1.2 million petitions to Congress: No cuts to Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday, together with representatives from Daily Kos, MoveOn and Democracy for America, I delivered more than 1.2 million petition signatures, including more than 770,000 from CREDO activists, to Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Leader Reid and Sen. Warren are fierce champions of women’s rights and strong defenders of Planned Parenthood. They made clear how grateful they are for your activism, and I made clear how grateful we are for their leadership. I also shared our commitment to doing everything we can to make sure that every Democrat in the Senate joins them in holding the line against any deals or compromises that result in cuts to Planned Parenthood, even if holding the line means risking a government shutdown.

Join me below the fold for photos from the petition delivery, some thoughts on where things stand, and what you can do to stop Republicans from defunding Planned Parenthood.

You can see the rest of the photos here.

Republicans are willing to hold the government hostage in their quest to destroy Planned Parenthood. As we get closer to the October 1 deadline to come to a budget resolution, the pressure will continue to mount on Democrats to make compromises or concessions to get a deal done. At CREDO, we’re going to keep the pressure on Senate Democrats who might be willing to compromise with Republican hostage takers in order to get a budget passed.

Here are a few things you can do to help:

1. Sign our petition urging Senate Democrats to hold the line against cuts to Planned Parenthood funding.

2. If you have time to make a phone call today, click here. We’ll put you in touch with Democratic Senators who are most likely to come to the table to make deals with Republicans to keep the government open and give you the chance to urge them to hold the line against deals, compromises, or cuts.

3. Our friends at Planned Parenthood are organizing a National Pink Out Day on Tuesday, September 29th to demonstrate just how many people across the country are willing to stand up and fight for Planned Parenthood. This kind of visibility really matters. If you’re ready to stand with Planned Parenthood and go pink on the 29th, you can click here to find events in your area along with other ways to participate through social media.

CREDO is Planned Parenthood’s biggest corporate donor, and our members sent more than $80,000 to Planned Parenthood in August after the latest anti-abortion smear campaign was launched. Thanks in advance for helping make sure our support is just as strong now.